Portsmouth field gunners go through paces before tournament

Portsmouth field gunners going through their energy-sapping, finger-crunching routine at the Royal Naval Barracks
Portsmouth field gunners going through their energy-sapping, finger-crunching routine at the Royal Naval Barracks
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Seen on the fo'c'sle  of HMS Implacable are Portsmouth Sea Rangers in 1937. Lord and Lady Baden-Powell are in the middle. 'Picture: Robert James Collection

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These pictures of Portsmouth field gunners in action were among several more discovered at the back of a cupboard.

They were unearthed by Patricia Byng, of Catisfield Road, Milton, Portsmouth, who wanted to share them with Remember When readers.

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Unfortunately we have no details.

The background suggests this public display of the field gunners’ art was held on the parade ground at the Royal Naval Barracks, Queen Street, Portsea, Portsmouth.

It looks as though it might have been the 1950s or 1960s.

Public displays were later held at HMS Vernon and HMS Excellent, Whale Island.

I assume this event was the usual preamble to the lads’ appearance at the Royal Tournament before they engaged in deadly annual battle with Devonport and the Fleet Air Arm.

If you recognise any of the men, please let me know.

See British Pathe film of the Royal Tournament here